The first question I am always asked is, “What is CMH”
To be honest, I was unfamiliar with the program before my employment with the Meigs County Health Department in December 2014. The Children with Medical Handicaps program is third-party insurance and a great program to help families.
The program does so much for eligible families that it’s more than just a way to pay your medical bills or get needed equipment for your children. The program involves qualified nurses, qualified providers and a wide list of services and qualifying conditions. Conditions include diabetes, cancer, cerebral palsy, chronic lung diseases, cleft lip/palate, congenital heart disease, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, hearing loss, hemophilia, juvenile arthritis, metabolic disorders, scoliosis, severe vision disorders, sickle cell disease, spina bifida and many more.
As you can imagine, when a family has a child with a chronic condition/diagnosis, it can create a whirlwind of emotions from anger to numbness. As the local CMH nurse, I recognize this hardship and am able to help families and patients eliminate the chaos associated with scheduling appointments, finding a specialist, assisting with needed modifications at school and, of course, helping with medical expense coverage. The program connects families with local resources when they need it most.
The program requirements include: Ohio residency, ages birth to 21 years who have a potential or diagnosis of eligible condition.
Patients are limited to using CMH providers for care; meanwhile, there are some local physicians through Holzer Health System who are CMH Providers. CMH requires all providers to be board certified in their specialty. The program wants children to be seen by an excellent physician and is not trying to make services inconvenient. CMH is always striving to add local providers.
I am still identifying new families that haven’t heard about this program. Please spread the word because, maybe you don’t need this program, but your neighbor or family member might. This program has been in existence since the days of pervasive polio. CMH is helping multiple families every day.
Please call me at 740-992-6626 with any questions you may have. I am available Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also visit the MCHD website at www.meigs-health.com for more information.
Angie Rosler is a registered nurse at the Meigs County Health Department.